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Alcohol and drug abuse self help groups in Lanarkshire
There are many self help groups in Lanarkshire which may be able to help you to stop drinking or taking drugs, these are listed below. Research tells us that people who attend mutual aid groups like these can benefit a great deal, particularly in the first few months after stopping.
Organisation: Narcotics Anonymous
Website: Narcotics Anonymous
Phone: 0300 999 1212
Organisation: Alcoholics Anonymous
Website: Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: 0800 9177 650
Organisation: Cocaine Anonymous
Website: Cocaine Anonymous
Phone: 0800 612 0225
Website (Scotland): Cocaine Anonymous Scotland
Phone (Scotland): 0141 959 6363
Organisation: Smart Recovery
Website: Smart Recovery
Barnardo's Axis Lanarkshire
The Barnardo's Axis Lanarkshire service supports those affected by personal, adult or parental substance misuse. The service provides support from ages 14 to 21, and for care leavers up to the age of 26. Advice and information is available on the impact of high risk behaviours such as drug or alcohol misuse, violence and domestic abuse. Intervention and treatment services can be accessed, along with 1 to 1 and peer support.
Organisation: Barnardo's Axis Lanarkshire
Address: Barnardo's Axis Lanarkshire Suite T, Town Hall Business Centre 1-11, High Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ML1 3HU
Phone: 01698 262443 Extension 3
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self supporting through our own contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation, or institution. We do not wish to engage in any controversy and we neither endorse nor oppose any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom. We use the Twelve Step Recovery Program, because it has already been proven that the Twelve Step Recovery Program works.
For more information and to seek support, use the contact details below. The Cocaine Anonymous UK Helpline is answered 10am - 10pm every day.
Organisation: Cocaine Anonymous
Phone: 0300 111 2285 or 0800 612 0225
Expeerience Counts Peer Support
'Expeerience Counts' Peer Support Workers will create an environment which empowers people to take control of their own recovery. Peer Support workers will support people to develop their own individualised recovery action plans and work towards personal goals over a period of around 6 months.
Another aspect to the 'Expeerience Counts' service is that Community Link workers will link individuals into their local communities and can also offer support to anyone wishing to access North Lanarkshire's 'Well Connected' Domains.
Organisation: Expeerience Counts
Phone (Motherwell): 01698 265 659
Phone (Airdrie): 01236 439417
Harm Reduction Team
The overall aim of the Harm Reduction Service is to achieve a significant reduction in drug related deaths and reduce the sharing of injecting equipment. This should result in reducing levels of blood borne virus infection, an improvement in the personal health of drug users, and improved general public health across the county.
The Harm Reduction Team is based in Coathill House as part of the Coatbridge Locality, but their service covers the whole of Lanarkshire. The team philosophy is based firmly within a harm reduction and risk minimisation approach. This seeks first to reduce drug related harm e.g. through providing clean injecting equipment (Needle Exchange Service) which may then result in reduced drug use.
Organisation: Harm Reduction Service
Address: Harm Reduction Service, Coathill House Old Monkland Road, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire ML5 5EA
Phone: 01236 441071 / 01236 441067
Mobile: 07884 420 008
Information and advice on alcohol and drug abuse from Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)
'Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs' (SFAD) aims to support families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol and drug misuse, and raise awareness of issues affecting them. They provide information, advice, and family support groups.
Phone: 08080 101011
Information and advice on drug abuse for young people from Fast Forward
'Fast Forward' is a website for young people aimed at promoting health and well-being, through education. As part of the Scottish Government’s national youth work strategy, 'Fast Forward' is also co-ordinating the 'Scottish Peer Education Network' (SPEN) and promoting and supporting peer education across Scotland.
Organisation: Fast Forward
Website: Fast Forward
Phone: 0131 554 4300
KFx Drugs Education Resources
Taking drugs socially or infrequently does not mean that you are at any less risk of serious harm to your physical and mental health. If you are using drugs for enjoyment your physical and mental health will begin to be affected.
KFx provide drugs education resources, training and other tools to help people who use drugs, people who work with drug users and their families and friends. All the resources on the website are free of charge. KFx are independent of Government, industry, lobby groups (either pro or anti drugs) and operate without fear or favour.
Being active is good for us in many different ways:
- It can help to reduce our stress levels
- Boost our confidence and mood
- Help us to concentrate
- Help us to sleep
- Help us look and feel better
- Reduce our risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and diabetes
Being active for a total of 30 minutes, 5 days a week will help our mental health and well-being. You don’t have to do it all at once either. Three lots of 10 minutes works just as well, and makes it easy to fit into everyday life.
To access free physical activity and leisure opportunities phone: Health and Well-being Manager – 01236 341968. They will discuss the best leisure option for you and book your enrolment session. Your GP / health care worker will also have to complete the North Lanarkshire Leisure Get Active Referral Form.
Local information - We would advise that you arrange a Fire Safety Check
You may benefit from having a fire safety check if you have not had one recently. Strathclyde Fire and Rescue carry out free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms free of charge if required.
This can be arranged through Fire Scotland by calling their community safety free phone helpline on 0800 0731 999 or texting Check to 61611. Alternatively, visit their website by following the link www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety.
If hearing is a problem for you, there are alternative alarms that may work for you and can be fitted free of charge. If you'd like to find out more, contact a rehabilitation mobility officer via your local social work offices.